News items related to ag tech, biotech, trade – and perhaps some other interesting topics out there related to agriculture – will be posted on this page throughout the week (as the week progresses newest items will be in green at bottom of sections). Check the page during the week for updates.

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TRADE, TRADE RELATED, INFRASTRUCTURE:

China Launches Probe Over U.S. Sorghum Imports – Wall Street Journal (Feb 4)

“Move follows Trump administration decision to put tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports” – Link (subscription-based)

China’s Trade Investigation Takes Aim at Trump’s Voter Base – New York Times – By Sui-Lee Wee (Feb 5)

“It came less than two weeks after the United States said it was imposing tariffs on solar panels and washing machines…” – Link

China Studying Impact of Trade Measures Against U.S. Soy, Sources Say – Bloomberg (Feb 7)

“China has already started an anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigation into U.S. grain sorghum, less than two weeks after President Donald Trump announced tariffs on solar panels and washing machines.” – Link

Trudeau Threatens to Leave Nafta Rather Than ‘Take Any Old Deal’ – Bloomberg – By Greg Quinn (Feb 2)

“Remarks come after earlier progress at Nafta talks in Montreal” – Link

Dairy trade sours NAFTA negotiations with Canada – PBS News Hour (Feb 3) – Link
Trade barriers ‘unavoidable’ outside customs union, says EU’s Barnier – BBC News (Feb 5)

“The UK will face “unavoidable” barriers to trade if it leaves the customs union and single market, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said.” – Link

China to end decades-old UK beef ban in six months – Food Navigator Asia – By Oscar Rousseau (Feb 1)

“UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s bilateral meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping has secured a major breakthrough for the meat industry: China will drop its British beef export ban within six months.” – Link

EU requests WTO consultations with Russia on compliance with pig products ruling – WTO (Feb 7) – Link

 


AG, AG TECH, RESEARCH, PRODUCTION, PROTECTION, RELATED ISSUES:

Wheat plague spreading through Yemen – SciDevNet – By Adel Aldaghbashy (Feb 1)

“…wheat rust diseases usually spread from Uganda to Kenya, Ethiopia and then Yemen, before moving on to Asian countries, Australia, and North America.” – Link

China seeks to rejuvenate countryside with 2018 rural policy – Reuters – By Dominique Patton (Feb 4)

“Without the modernisation of agriculture there is no national modernization,” said the government’s first policy statement of the year.” – Link

Ethanol’s next breakthrough? Turning greenhouse gas into fuel. – Des Moines Register – By Kevin Hardy (Feb 2)

“While the research remains in its preliminary phase, it could represent a breakthrough for renewable fuel operations…” – Link

Plight of agriculture: Mechanize or perish – The Times of India (Feb 5) – Link
Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don’t Help The Environment – NPR, The Salt – By Dan Charles (Jan 27)

“…originally imported from Europe, raised and managed by beekeepers in order to make honey or to pollinate crops like almonds. It’s an agricultural animal, in the same way that sheep and cattle are… a healthy environment needs bees — but not honeybees.” – Link

Official: Make Latin America’s Farmers More Tech-Savvy to Stop Urban Drift – Voice of America / Reuters (Feb 6) – Link

 


POLICY, REGULATORY, ACTIVISM, OTHER:

GM labelling will be no barrier to Plenish soybean oil uptake, says trade group – Food Navigator – By Niamh Michail (Feb 2)

“DuPont Pioneer’s soybean oil Plenish has been approved for the EU and, despite having to label on pack it as genetically modified, European manufacturers have already shown interest…” – Link

Could 2018 mark the end of the anti-GMO movement? – Genetic Literacy Project – By Marc Brazeau (Feb 5) – Link

HSUS accepts Pacelle’s resignation – Feedstuffs – By Krissa Welshans and Sarah Muirhead (Feb 3)

“HSUS [Humane Society of the United States] has accepted the resignation of Wayne Pacelle, as president and CEO following sexual harrassment claims.” – Link
‘Clean eating’ has become such a sham that fast food chains are pushing it – NBC News – Thought Experiment, by Samantha Gillison (Feb 6)

“…“clean eating” is, at its best, a marketing tactic that spreads awareness about the connection between diet and health; and, at its worst, “clean eating” pushes the movement’s anti-science and regressive ethos (which is similar to the anti-vaccination movement, another brain child of the coastal elites).” – Link

Animal agriculture organizations mum on HSUS sex scandal – Capital Press – By Carol Ryan Dumas (Feb 6)

“Certainly donors expect HSUS “is going to be using this money to help animals,” he said, adding that HSUS runs deceptive advertising full of cats and dogs but only gives 1 percent of the money it raises to pet shelters.” – Link

Partisan divide erupts on glyphosate-cancer science as IARC supporters push ‘Monsanto Papers’ narrative – Genetic Literacy Project –  By Jon Entine, Cameron English (Feb 7) – Link
Wait nearly over for Golden Rice release in Bangladesh – United News of Bangladesh – By Reaz Ahmad (Feb 5)

“Bangladeshi rice scientists have advanced a beta carotene-rich rice to a varietal release stage, heralding a new era in fight against vitamin-A deficiency (VAD)” – Link